Poi­son kills home­less

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

PO­LICE in Brazil say four home­less men are dead and four oth­ers hos­pi­talised in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter drink­ing from a bot­tle con­tain­ing a “sus­pi­cious liq­uid” given to them by uniden­ti­fied peo­ple in the city of Sao Paulo.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case as a pos­si­ble mass poi­son­ing in the neigh­bour­hood known as “Cra­colan­dia”, or “Crack­land,” which is in­fa­mous for open drug use.

A po­lice state­ment says a sur­vivor told au­thor­i­ties the men were of­fered a bot­tle they be­lieved con­tained al­co­hol.

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